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Mountains & Lakes, Grappa & Palazzi - From Lake Garda to Venice

Duration: 8 Days// Total Distance: appr. 87 km//Altitude Difference: 1920m 2270 m//Difficulty: Difficulty 2
Description

From the north shores of Lake Garda you walk along ancient pilgrim routes through the rock deserts of the Sarca-valley down into the Etsch-valley to Trento. From there you proceed into the wonderfully quiet valley of Valsugana, which was already utilised by the Romans along the Via Claudia in order to reach the Adriatic Sea. Here you come across imperial spa towns and historic forts, busy village centres invite you to an adventurous exploration. You experience the Lake Garda mountains, the Vizentiner Alps, the high summits of the Cima Dodoci, you walk through an open-air art exhibition and get to know the rivers Brenta, Sile, Sarca and Etsch. Glistening lakes and high mountains are your constant companion. The high-altitude paths above the Brenta-valley guide you downhill into the wine-growing region of Bassano del Grappa. Through the impressive river landscape of the Sile Nature Park you reach the lagoon region of the UNESCO – World Heritage Site Venice

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Riva del Garda
Discover the beautiful historic centre of Riva and enjoy a cappucino on the Piazza at the shore. The Southern flair on mild summer evenings gets you in the right mood for the days to come.

Day 2: Riva del Garda - Pietramurata, ‚Rock Desert Marroche‘ (approx. 13 km - ascent approx. 300 hm - descent approx. 150 hm)
In Ceniga you start your hiking tour an proceed through the vines of the Sarca-valley. Soon you come to a giant rockfall area, which resembles a rock desert. With a view onto Lago di Cavedine you walk past fruit and vegetable fields into the little village of Pietramurata, surrounded by the highest walls of rock of the Lake Garda mountains in the Sarca-river valley.

Day 3: Pietramurata - Trento, ‚High above the Etsch-valley‘ (approx. 13 km - ascent approx. 400 hm - descent approx. 650 hm)
By bus along the renowned Castello di Toblino into the ‚Valley of Lakes‘. Hiking tour to Lago Terlago, the trailhead for the high-altitude path of Saint Vigil. Remote forests and karst-plateaus take you uphill to the ancient fortress and bulwarks. Fabulous views down into the Etsch-valley and onto the Dolomites followed by a descent to Trento, where you enjoy a visit to the historic centre with numerous churches and Palazzi.

Day 4: Trento - Levico Terme, ‚Val Sugana and Lago di Levico’ (approx. 12 km - ascent approx. 250 hm - descent approx. 250 hm)
Short train journey and walk to the romantic centre of Pergine. Then via the historic Roman road Via Claudia Augusta, leading you above the giant Lago di Caldonazzo, onwards to Lake Levicosee. The idyllic lakeside path invites you to a refreshing dip into the warmest Italian Alpine lake before you reach the neat spa town of Levico.

Day 5: Levico Terme-Spa - Borgo Valsugana, ‚Nature art in front of Alpine backdrop‘ (approx. 16 km - ascent approx. 450 hm - descent approx. 650 hm)
Today a wonderful high-altitude hiking tour is planned for you across alpine pastures framed by high scarps. Accompanied by waterfalls and roaring mountain streams you reach the impressive open-air nature art exhibition. Via the Sentiero Don Cesare to the mountain hut Cipriani, where you take a break below the steep mountain prongs. A spectacular steep path takes you to Borgo Valsugana with its initial Venetian bridges and pergolas.

Day 6: Borgo Valsugana - Bassano del Grappa, ‚Alta Via del Tabacco‘ (approx. 13 km - ascent approx. 500 hm - descent approx. 550 hm)
Ascent to the Alta Via del Tabacco, a fabulous high-altitude path situated above the Brenta-valley. Via the San Bovo hermitage you get back to the valley floor and continue now leisurely along the green river Brenta. You cross the famous bridge Ponte Vecchio and reach your Day Finish Bassano del Grappa.

Day 7: Bassano del Grappa - Venice/Mestre, ‚Sile Nature Parc‘ (approx. 20 km - ascent approx. 20 hm - descent approx. 20 hm)
You walk across wooden bridges and footbridges into the nature park of the river Sile, the renowned cycling route Munich-Venice finally leads you into your end destination Quarto d´ Altino. By train to your Day Finish on the mainland before Venice with excellent bus connections to the lagoon city. As a finale of the holiday a small Grappa-sampling awaits not far from St. Mark’s Square!

Day 8: Departure or extension


Dates, Prices and Services
Booking ID: IT-GARDA-VEN-ENG

Season Category   Double Room Single Room
08.05.2021 - 22.05.2021 (Arrival: Sa)StandardEUR9591218
23.05.2021 - 19.06.2021 (Arrival: Sa)StandardEUR10291288
20.06.2021 - 28.08.2021 (Arrival: Sa)StandardEUR10791338
29.08.2021 - 18.09.2021 (Arrival: Sa)StandardEUR10291288
19.09.2021 - 02.10.2021 (Arrival: Sa)StandardEUR9591218


Services
  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Transfers according to program
  • Train journey Trient – Pergine
  • 1x small Grappa-sampling in Bassano or Venice
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline
Additional services

Additional nights     Prices per person/night
08.05.2021 - 02.10.2021 / Riva del Garda Double RoomEUR89
08.05.2021 - 02.10.2021 / Venedig Double RoomEUR199
08.05.2021 - 02.10.2021 / Riva del Garda Single RoomEUR118
08.05.2021 - 02.10.2021 / Venedig Single RoomEUR378

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